3 Held in String of 7-Eleven Robberies
Surveillance Image (KTLA-TV)
The suspects were taken into custody at an abandoned house in Anaheim, according to reports.
Police believe the three may have been involved in 17 robberies that occurred between June 20 and July 16 in Orange and Los Angeles counties.
Three stores were held up early Thursday -- one on North East Street in Anaheim and two in Santa Ana. All three robberies occurred within about an hour's time, according to officials.
Investigators say both Santa Ana robberies involved two suspects who used a knife.
The first robbery occurred at 12:47 a.m. on June 20 at 1200 South Euclid St. in Anaheim, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez.
A string of robberies followed in Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Placentia, San Clemente, Yorba Linda, La Palma, Long Beach, Carson and Lynwood, he added.
Martinez says in each case, the robbers posed as customers, pull a knife on the clerk and then demand cash from the register.
During one robbery on July 16 in San Clemente, a clerk suffered a cut to the left hand, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.
Police released surveillance images from the robberies with clear pictures of the suspects.